AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door Documentary Coming To NJPW World Soon

AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door was, by most accounts, a success, and the Japanese wrestling promotion has announced a documentary to commemorate the event. Taking place on June 26 and broadcasting live on pay-per-view from the United Center in Chicago, Forbidden Door featured a handful of high-end matches between AEW and NJPW wrestlers. The documentary aims to tell the story of how special the spectacle was for everyone involved.

The build to Forbidden Door was marred by injuries in both promotions. CM Punk was supposed to main event the show against Hiroshi Tanahashi, but an injured foot forced him to step aside. AEW and NJPW scrambled to put together a tournament that would lead to the creation of an interim AEW World Championship, which would be awarded at the pay-per-view.

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Now NJPW is going to give wrestling fans a peek behind the curtain. Via their @njpwglobal handle on Twitter, the promotion announced their Forbidden Door documentary. "COMING SOON to @njpwworld: With exclusive interviews and incredible behind the scenes footage, a new documentary looks at "Forbidden Door"s of the past, present and future." [sic] The preview shows closeups of wrestlers like Jay White and Kazuchika Okada, and will also feature the likes of Sting and Chris Jericho. No release date details were included, and it's unclear exactly when the documentary will be available on NJPW World.

Depending on where the cameras were and when this could be a fascinating look at what must have been a complicated booking process. Tony Khan has spoken a bit on the challenges presented by building the card up in AEW, as NJPW wrestlers weren't available to him until specific dates. Okada, for instance, wasn't able to make an appearance until the last week of the build. It was an impactful and monumental debut, but it also prevented lengthier storylines from taking place.

It's also interesting to note the tone of the documentary. While wrestling fans in North America have been back to normal for quite some time now, audiences in Japan still aren't allowed to boo or cheer due to the pandemic. Covid has badly hurt NJPW's business and bottom line, and in the preview at least, Forbidden Door is spoken about as a way to break through and continue to grow. New Japan has arguably done more with the fallout from the pay-per-view than AEW. While All Elite was focusing on Blood & Guts before Forbidden Door was even over, NJPW stars have used not getting invited to North America for the PPV as fuel for their promos. The door also remains cracked at this juncture, with FTR holding and defending the IWGP Tag Team Champions.

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Source: @njpwglobal/Twitter



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